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Practical Recovery - Reunion San Diego

8950 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla, California, 92037
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  • 4.4
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  • 5
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  • 4.3
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    I attended Reunion, and though it was the best possible program. It's not 12 step based, and that's what I was looking for. Expert psychologists and evidence-based treatment. Unfortunately, Reunion is closed, but Practical Recovery offers intensive outpatient treatment, with various hotel options. The staff is non-judgmental, supportive, and truly caring; and they believe you are powerful, not powerless. No higher power is required. I really can't imagine a better place.
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    My son was a patient at Practical Recovery for three weeks. He did not want to do a 12-Step program, which eliminated about 90 percent of the programs out there. After extensive research, I took a chance with Practical Recovery based on reviews, the staff bios, a phone interview and their overall approach to treating addiction. My son has not had a relapse since being there. The therapists there help clients address the root causes of addiction, be it mental health issues, addictions within the family, physical pain, and predisposition to addiction. This has been life changing for my son. This program was the right program for him. If you are reading this trying to find a place of recovery for a loved one, consider Practical Recovery as a good option. If you have the luxury of time, read the book “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy” by David Sheff. He goes into detail about all the types of recovery options. I listened to the audiobook version after sending my son to Practical Recovery. It reconfirmed my choice, for my son.
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    If twelve step programs aren't for you, this might be the answer. I recommend it without reservation. While its not the most luxurious of all rehabs, Reunion is very comfortable and tasteful. I'd rather spend the money on treatment! I found the staff uniformly caring. The clinical staff is superb. They treat you like an adult and design the treatment plan for you specifically. Generally you attend group therapy first thing, and then you have 2 individual psychotherapy sessions, each day. The point is to build you up, not to drag you down. You are encouraged to trust your judgement and to take responsibility for the choices you make, in a sympathetic and caring way. You can read what you want, talk to people on your phone (of course this is not encouraged in sessions), and you have lots of time to practice mindfulness. On my first visit here I began to note levels of anxiety I'd never noticed before; and that was partly due to the time I was able to spend alone. If you want to be marched from meeting to meeting in a rigid schedule, this is not the place for you. The treatment is based in part on Smart Recovery, which treats addictive behavior primarily as a bad habit, not as a moral failing. For example, relapses are not encouraged, but if you do relapse you encouraged to learn from the experience in a shame-free environment. But the staff goes far deeper than Smart Meetings (I'm an enthusiastic Smart volunteer) to find out why you were using. I liked the other residents a lot; they were uniformly bright and accomplished. I relapsed two years after treatment and returned. This time the staff concentrated on helping me find meaning in my life, in particular, by picking a new career. The staff organizes outings for shopping, and movies and the like. San Diego has the best weather in the country (my other option was winter in Minnesota); that made the stay particularly pleasant. The program is expensive but I'd have to say it was worth every penny. Before I went to Reunion, my therapist told me I would not enjoy the experience which I think reflects the orientation of many programs to regiment you, which even great therapists are inured to. I did some difficult psychological work, sure, but I really enjoyed my stays at Reunion.
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    I was overwhelmed with the skills and thoroughness of the staff and the accommodations. It was my 15th treatment center. With what I learned there, I know why the other 14 didn't work.